Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation

September 2 - November 28

From September 2 through November 28, we offer a series of thirteen programs entitled Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation, with weekly Tuesday lectures by renowned film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, and author of "Before Mickey" and "Shadow of a Mouse." The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

— Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming

We live in an animated world. Robotic devices fly through the air, manufacture things, and clean our homes. Doctors inject bots into our bodies, apparently moving on their own accord to deliver their medicinal payload. Images in synthesized motion paper our buildings, billboards, arenas, and, of course, our personal screens. We carry animation in our pockets and purses, wear it on our wrists. This series will explore the 20th-century foundations of the present day’s omnianimation that were established in the medium of theatrical entertainment films. The feature films screened offer the possibility of analyzing animation as a technology, as an industrial practice, as a cultural signifier, and as a still-evolving genre — Hollywood and global, aimed at adults as well as for children.

— Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame

Admission to all Making 'Em Move programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Crafton’s lecture.


The Good Dinosaur

2015, Peter Sohn, USA, 93 min. With Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright.


  • Sat, Sep 2nd 3:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 5th 6:00pm


1940, Hamilton Luske and Ben Sharpsteen, USA, 88 min. With Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards.


  • Tue, Sep 12th 6:00pm

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

1926, Lotte Reiniger, Germany, 67 min.


  • Sat, Sep 16th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 19th 6:00pm

It's Such A Beautiful Day

2012, Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 62 min.


  • Tue, Sep 26th 6:00pm

Institute Benjamenta

1995, Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, UK/Germany, 105 min. With Mark Rylance, Alice Krige.


  • Fri, Sep 29th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Oct 3rd 6:00pm


Něco z Alenky

1988, Jan Švankmajer, Czech Republic/Switzerland/UK, 85 min. With Kristyna Kohoutova.


  • Sun, Oct 8th 5:30pm
  • Tue, Oct 10th 6:00pm

Waltz With Bashir

ואלס עם באשיר‎‎

2008, Ari Folman, Israel/France/Germany, 90 min.


  • Sat, Oct 14th 6:30pm
  • Tue, Oct 17th 6:00pm


2007, Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud, France, 96 min. With Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux.


  • Sat, Oct 21st 1:30pm
  • Tue, Oct 24th 6:00pm

The Boxtrolls

2014, Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi, USA, 96 min. With Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning.


  • Sat, Oct 28th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 31st 6:00pm

The Illusionist


2010, Sylvain Chomet, France, 80 min.


  • Sat, Nov 4th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Nov 7th 6:00pm